Two Hours Old

I drove to Green Canyon hot springs for a soak today. It’s only 32 miles from my driveway and today it was better than normal. As I settled my body down into the geothermal goodness one of the staff came out and told me that they had just drained the pool, cleaned it and refilled it just two hours before, and I was the first one in it. Clean, fresh and hot, that’s down!

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Flower Weeds

Some pretty flower weeds popped up in the back forty. I’m a pretty smart guy but when it comes to horticulture I don’t know shit. Maybe they’re wildflowers, maybe weeds. Who cares, I like…

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Going

I’ve been asked lately how retirement is going? Well, it’s great, thank you. I’m doing all the things I like to do like weight-lifting on the deck semi-naked under a warm sun, driveway dancing to a Seattle radio station blasting from my Echo, driving to town for my fruit, watching Netflix, evening ab-workouts and playing with my cat. All without the complications of working at an 0700 to 1600 job!

I’m really kinda amazed at how easily I’ve adapted. My time is now mine, not somebody else’s. I make my own schedule, not follow the one dictated by a stupid tablet in that rolling office called a bus.

Moving sale coming up in a couple of weeks and then hopping back in the river for the next float. Glad to be alive!

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Water Monster

Our poor neighborhood is going through a construction boom. They finished the house between Brian and I and a new one is now going in across the road. Our well water has suffered from the last new well and now a new one is underway.

The subdivision has five new builds going on, including one right behind Brian that I just saw start up today. Our years of quiet are over and that new water monster is scaring the catshit out of my kitty.

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Cozy

Pipes found herself a cozy little spot on the deck umbrella today. She was a bad girl last night, kept the daddy up past his bedtime waiting for her to come home from catting around. Shotgun was on my lap…

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Over

Well, it’s over, yesterday was my last day as Bus Driver Jim and I am retired. I have to admit though, that I came home last night with a heavy heart. Not that it’s over but that it all seems so futile now. Day after day, year after year of dragging myself out of the house every morning to start up a bus in frigid weather and drive people around this valley safely and on time, apparently had no value to this hell hole they call Paradise.

That’s alright, I’m a big boy and I accept that. It was my job to get the valley’s precious, pretentious, over-entitled kids to their gymnastics and rock climbing appointments. I got paid to be the bitch to seniors that rode free, and if they pissed on my seats or stunk up my bus, it was my duty to clean it up without complaining.

I’ve driven the bus here for twelve of our thirteen years in the valley. I look back on it now with bitterness instead of happiness and that’s very sad. My employer TRPTA has been good to me and I appreciate that but I no longer work for them. I have tempered each blog post through the filter of my job and I couldn’t always say what I really thought about things around here because of that relationship, which is now over.

I am now free to speak my mind, so stay tuned…

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Five Star

Exciting times in Driggs, there’s a new Five Star restaurant starting up soon on North Main. It has a most unusual name, the Grand Teton Grill and from the looks of it, should be spectacular!

According to the sign, you should be able to get drunk with your family, and have fun!

And peeking through the window reveals the presence of world class condiments!

Can’t wait…

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Offer Accepted

The sellers accepted Riley and Jess’s offer on that house. There were other buyers interested but they liked the kids story and a bidding situation was avoided. It’s 3br/2ba on 5 acres, and from the looks of it, plenty of room for me to park my little camper truck when I visit. The house is only two years old and pending inspection it looks like a done deal. This is their third home and I’m very happy for them!

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Orting

My son just made an offer on a house in Orting, WA. It’s a crazy sellers market going on there so I wish him well. I also hope Mt Rainier has no intentions of waking up.

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Chopped Liver

Ever have one of those days?

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